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Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. (TSXV:ZEN) announced that it’s made “significant progress” in terms of laboratory-scale graphene production from Albany graphite. The work is being undertaken by scientists at Ontario’s Lakehead University.

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. (TSXV:ZEN) announced that it’s made “significant progress” in terms of laboratory-scale graphene production from Albany graphite. The work is being undertaken by scientists at Ontario’s Lakehead University.
As quoted in the press release:

In 2015, Dr. Aicheng Chen, Professor of Chemistry and Canada Research Chair in Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Lakehead University (‘Lakehead’), was awarded a Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (‘NSERC’) Collaborative Research and Development (‘CRD’) grant. The goals of the NSERC CRD project are: (i) to characterize the physical and chemical properties of Zenyatta’s Albany graphite; (ii) to understand its electrochemical behaviors; (iii) to modify the Albany graphite for practical applications; and, (iv) to develop advanced carbon nanomaterials like graphene from the Albany graphite. Since the award of the grant, Dr. Chen and his research group have made significant advances in the characterization of Zenyatta’s Albany graphite and the development of new materials from it for practical applications.
Dr. Chen and his team have tested various graphene exfoliation techniques on samples of Albany graphite. The research team at Lakehead has been intensively exploring new routes for the generation of high-quality graphene for comparative purposes and to facilitate mass production. Initial results indicate that high quality graphene oxides can be produced from Albany graphite at a laboratory scale … The graphene oxide produced can be converted to graphene via a simple reduction process. Preliminary graphene yields of approximately 98% from Zenyatta’s Albany graphite are very encouraging from these tests.

Dr. Chen commented:

From an analytical perspective, the Albany graphite meets all the stringent requirements for a high-quality product, encompassing high-purity, crystallinity, thermal stability, and high surface area. Interestingly, the crystallinity found in Zenyatta’s Albany graphite was greater than that of commercially available graphite samples which were also tested for comparative purposes. These initial studies indicate that there are great potential opportunities for the utilization of this product in multiple practical applications. For example, these graphite derivatives will be explored for their medical, energy and environmental technology applications.

Click here to read the full Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. (TSXV:ZEN) press release.

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